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Ensuring your mouth can remain clean when you are sick is essential if you are battling an illness. Even though we often tend to neglect our health care when we are sick, it is important to muster the strength to battle through an illness and keep your teeth and gums clean as needed. By practicing proper oral hygiene, you can help decrease your recovery time and get back on your feet as soon as possible.

Be aware of cleaning routines such as brushing and flossing, which are essential while you’re sick, but avoid them if you find yourself throwing up. Although you should still brush and floss your teeth, you may need to avoid them immediately after vomiting as your teeth will be exposed to harmful acids that can further increase your risk for tooth sensitivity and dental abrasion. At this time, rinse out your mouth with mouthwash or other non-abrasive cleaning tools instead.

It is important to exercise caution with any products that can easily damage your teeth and gums. When you are sick, you may find yourself biting into hard lozenges and cough drops that could easily chip and crack your teeth. Try sucking on the lozenges rather than biting into them and be aware that many products are loaded with sugar, so avoid those as well. Stay sugar-free throughout your illness for your best chance of recovery.

Always stay hydrated and never let anyone else use your cleaning tools. To prevent contamination, avoid using anyone else’s toothbrush and never let anyone else use yours. Not only will this increase your risk of dental damage, but it can also increase your risk for colds and the flu or any other communicable diseases.

The superb oral health happiness you seek is one step closer thanks to oral health care during cold and flu season. To visit Abbas Nejad DDS at our dentist office in Phoenix, Arizona, you are welcome to call us at 623-872-8686. Dr. Abbas Nejad and our entire team believe the perfect smile of your dreams is only a visit away!